An A-Z list of All Electronic Databases > Articles, Images, Reference & Recommended websites
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Academic Search Premier
Multidisciplinary articles covering nearly every area of academic study, most from 1970's to present.
Art Museum Image Gallery
Images documenting works of art from museum collections around the world.
Articles from international journals; books, essays; exhibition catalogs; PhD dissertations; and exhibition
reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, 1974 to present.
Note: Art Full Text / Art Retrospective is now available as part of Art Source
Articles on fine, decorative and commercial art, architecture and design including HW Wilson's Art Full Text / Art Retrospective databases.
1.5 million digital images covering all periods of art, architecture, and archeology including contemporary art & design.
Artists biographies, auction records, financial graphics, magazine ads, and images relating to artists from early 16th-century to present.
Statewide access to a selection of databases. A Rhode Island public library card number is required for login to full access to some databases.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Articles from international journals in architecture, design, landscape architecture, city planning, interior design, historic preservation, and decoration. 1934 to present. Journals Indexed
Searching the Avery Guide
Berg Fashion Library
Access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, etc. Full list of content
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
BHA is the world's most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. BHA includes articles from over 1,200 journals. Journals indexed in BHA (pdf)
Over 500,000 images representing the visual culture of global civilizations covering periods from prehistory to present.
Articles from Environmental Building News, case studies, and theGreenSpec Building Products database.
Chicago Manual of Style Online
Style guide for writing research papers.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Cinema Image Gallery
Over 217, 000 still images from movies, television and the entertainment industry.
- September, 1989 - present. Updated weekly. Provides news and information services of interest to faculty, administrators and students in the field of higher education.
Coloribus Global Advertising Archive
Over 2 million current and historic ads (1990-present) for viewing online and download.
COPA: Commercial Pattern Archive
An archive of commercial sewing patterns from 1854 to present. For login information please contact the Reference Desk.
Full-text reference books covering a broad scope of subject areas.
DAAI: Design & Applied Arts Index
Articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts journals from 1973 to present. Journals Indexed
DAR: Design Abstracts Retrospective in Arts:Search
Articles, news items, and reviews published in predominately European design and applied arts journals from 1903 to 1986. About DAR
Arts + Architecture ProFILES in Arts:Search
Biographical profiles of 20th century designers and design-related organizations. About Design ProFILES
Search the E-Journals Index called Gold Rush by keyword, journal title, subject, database title or ISSN.
Locate both current and retrospective print and electronic journals available in the electronic databases to which RISD Library subscribes. Follow links to Full Text in your Libary- RISD Print Holdings to determine the years and location of print journal subscriptions. Follow links to Full Text Online to read journal articles in their entirety.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's
Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus.
Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC) Access to journal articles; conference proceedings; technical reports; publications of professional associations, research/policy organizations, government agencies, and more 1966 to present.
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
Articles covering film and television theory, preservation and restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.
Articles on human impact on the environment, covering global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
An archive of scholarly articles in pdf form. Is not a current article database, typically from 1 to 5 years behind most recently published journals. RISD Library subscribes to the following collections: Arts & Sciences I, II, III, V, VII and VIII.
- Image Quest
Access more than one million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world. Part of Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
Language Learning Sources
Library Research Guides
Created by RISD Librarians Library Research Guides highlight library resources and collections that support creative work at RISD. Browse current guides by subject.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
Covers articles, books, research reports and proceedings relating to librarianship, from mid-1960s to present.
Literary Reference Center
Information on authors and their works across literary disciplines from antiquity to present, from books, reference works, and articles published 1912 to present.
Over 7,000 materials and processes covering the fields of architecture, industrial design, interior design, and textiles. Comprehensive product information, technical specifications, application information, manufacturer profiles, and material images. Register here to establish a personal login account.
MLA International Bibliography
Articles covering literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing.
Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
Peer-reviewed articles in all fields of science and technology. Register here
for a personal account.
Oxford Art Online
Includes Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Defines and traces the usage of words through quotations from a wide range of international and English language sources.
Oxford Reference Online
Includes encyclopedias, bilingual dictionaries, timelines, maps, illustrations, and quotations.
Provides full text to over 400 humanities, art, and social science journals.
Alphabetical Title List
Image bank created by the Visual Resources Center at the RISD Library. Images contributed by RISD departments, the largest being the RISD Visual Resources Library at 20,000 digital images of art and design objects.
ReView in Arts:Search
ReVIEW offers digitized, searchable versions of nineteenth and early twentieth century art journals. About ReView
A resource on digital media and emerging artistic practices that engage technology.
Rhode Island Archival and Manuscript Collections Online
Provides access to archival and manuscript collections throughout Rhode Island.
RIBA Online Catalogue
Online catalog of the collections of The British Architectural Library, 1494 to present.
Teacher Reference Center
Contains teacher and administrator articles, journals, and books.
An international source of publisher information on all types of periodicals including journals and newspapers.
Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)
A global structured vocabulary of Artists names and their variations from antiquity to present.
Urban Studies Abstracts
RISD Library Picture Collection
- The Picture Collection contains over 450,000
images. Clippings, photographs, maps, mounted art prints and other items are
arranged by subject and nearly all circulate. Browse or search the Picture Collection's Picture Collection Art File Index (pdf) or Picture Collection Subject Index (pdf) to locate folders by artist, medium, country, art movement, or subject.
- Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)
- Online catalog of the collections of the Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.
- Science Full Text Select
- Articles on the natural sciences from 1994 to present.
Articles covering areas related to urban studies, including urban affairs, community development, and urban history, 1973 to present.
Visual Arts Data Service (VADS )
Visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images.
Search the collections of libraries, local, national, and worldwide. Most items found can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.